Soumitra Chatterjee dead: Indian movie star dies at 85 from coronavirus complications

Indian actor Soumitra Chatterjee has died more than a month after testing positive for Covid-19 and being admitted to hospital

Indian acting legend Soumitra Chatterjee has died aged 85 from complications relating to Covid-19.

The movie star tested positive for coronavirus last month and was admitted to a private hospital in Kolkata, India on 6 October.

He later tested negative for the virus but continued to suffer from complications and his condition is said to have deteriorated over the last few days.

His death was confirmed in a statement, which read: "We declare with heavy heart that Shri Soumitra Chattopadhyay breathed his last at 12-15 pm at Belle Vue Clinic today.

"We pay our homage to his soul."

Soumitra Chatterjee receiving France's Legion of Honour in 2018

Arindam Kar of Belle Vue Hospital previously announced a team of doctors had been trying their best to help the actor, but it was a "challenge" because of the damage the virus had done to his body.

Chatterjee had been filming a documentary when he first fell sick back in October and his last day of work was on October 1.

He was best known for his role in films such as Ghare Baire, Aranyer Din Ratri, Ashani Sanket and Saat Pake Bandha.

Chatterjee in 1973's Distant Thunder
(Image: Mrs S Bhattacharya/Kobal/REX/Shutterstock)

Soumitra Chatterjee with Bollywood Director Madhur Bhandarkar
(Image: Hindustan Times via Getty Images)

As well as starring in more than 300 films, he was also a playwright and poet and worked in the theatre.

He worked with Oscar-winning director Satyajit Ray and made his film debut in 1959's Apur Sansar, the third film in the moviemaker's acclaimed Apu Trilogy.

Chatterjee was handed Indian cinema's highest honour, the Dada Saheb Phalke Award, in 2012 as well as France's Legion of Honour in 2018.

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